Grammy award-winning artist Sam Smith has been busy promoting his upcoming album, “The Thrill of It All” — and with it, the reveal of his genderfluid identity.
“People don't know this, but when I was 17, I remember becoming obsessed with Boy George and Marilyn, and all that,” Smith told UK publication The Sunday Times. “There was one moment in my life where I didn't own a piece of male clothing, really. I would wear full make-up every day in school, eyelashes, leggings with Dr. Martens and huge fur coats – for two and a half years."
The “Too Good At Goodbyes” singer went on to discuss how he doesn’t place himself in boxes when it comes to his gender.
"I don't know what the title would be, but I feel just as much woman as I am man," Smith said.
Smith’s comeback to the music scene has been well-received. An appearance on SNL, having a current single in Billboard’s Top 10 and tour dates announced for the upcoming year, the artist is showing he hasn’t missed a beat, since his hiatus back in 2015.
For Smith, he believes this new era is going to shine light into his identity in a way he hasn’t done before.
"I think they show my growth, my confidence, I feel like they show me,” he said of the tracks off his upcoming album. “They show the gay guy I've become. I remember, at the beginning of my career, being called a 'gay singer,' and I didn't want that, and now it's changed – I've changed. I realize that maybe I don't mind that title."
“The Thrill of It All” comes out Nov. 3. For those anxiously waiting for the big release, you can catch snippets of the tracks that Smith has been teasing, on his Instagram page